City Living: Roadtrip to Buffalo

Toronto has great shopping, but sometimes it’s nice to check out the scene elsewhere. A reasonable exchange rate and a drive time of about two hours makes Buffalo a great day trip for shopping, especially since there are brands that you just can’t get here (like the aforementioned Jason Wu for Target collection). Here are our recommendations for stops that give you the most bang for your buck.

Bargain Hunter

If you love a great deal, head to Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. The most popular spot for Canadians crossing the border, the outlet mall has over 150 stores including Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th Outlet, Coach and Michael Kors. One of our favourite stops is The Cosmetics Company Store, where you can find great prices on brands that rarely go on sale (MAC, Bobbi Brown, Origins). Go here early or late in the day to avoid the crowds, especially on a weekend.

No cross-border trip is complete without a visit to Target. We know it’s headed to the GTA, but for now, it’s still one of our top US destinations. Check out the DwellStudio for Target home collection and the affordable fashions. They also have great sheets, towels and a million other things that we didn’t know we needed. 

Love this pretty pillow from Target’s DwellStudio.

Boutique Treats 

If malls aren’t your thing, venture further than the typical Canadian visitor and spend some time strolling around the lesser-known neighbourhoods of Buffalo. Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo has a number of antique stores and cute clothing boutiques, like Chic and Sweet, Modern Nostalgia and PS Accessories. Known as Buffalo’s “Little Italy”, the neighbourhood also features great coffee shops and restaurants. 

The very cute Modern Nostalgia shop.

Another destination to check out is the historic district of Elmwood Village. Hit up Anna Grace, a well-curated boutique featuring local independent designers, alongside more established brands. Bonus? Take a stroll and browse the many art galleries for a cultural break. A girl can’t survive on fashion alone, after all.

Quaint Elmwood Village.

Mall Rat

If you love labels, Buffalo’s largest mall is Walden Galleria. Check out stores you don’t find in Toronto, like LOFT and White House Black Market, and the racks at department stores Macy’s and Lord & Taylor. If you’re traveling with a reluctant companion (i.e. a husband or boyfriend), bribe him with a slice of red velvet cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory as a worthy exchange for a couple more hours of shopping. Feel free to tuck into one yourself. Shopping is hard work.


For directions and suggestions of other things to do in Buffalo, check out, a website hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau.